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Old 09-29-2011, 01:13 AM   #1
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Bristleworms. Good or bad?


I have had my tank for a week now. No coral or fish just live rock. Im starting to see orange and gray worms which i later realized are bristles worms. Ive heard they are very bad and need to be removed and ive also heard they are totally harmless unless you pick the up (Ouch!!) So which is it? Help! I dont want to put anything in my tank until i know that either i need to take them out or leave them be! Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2011, 02:51 AM   #2
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I came across advice that they are ok and went with it and left mine - no harm done so far

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Old 09-29-2011, 03:05 AM   #3
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Bristleworms aren't bad per say, common hitchhiking scavengers. If your tank is over fed some can attain large size and be problematic
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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Thanks! So i guess the only time i need to do something about them is if they get really big?
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:53 AM   #5
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Theres prob over 60 in my 22 gal, they havent bothered any corals or fish yet. I think you will b ok with them. They are great as a mini cleanup crew! They eat alot of left over food.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:06 PM   #6
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i think size and species are the main concern
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:36 PM   #7
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i have then all over my tank also and havent had any trouble , tanks been set up for 1 1/2 years
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:57 PM   #8
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I have seen a few in my tank but I have never had them cause a problem. Actually they do, the problem is I think they are super creepy *eeeewwww*
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for the advice!
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:17 AM   #10
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I have none at the moment. They appeared in my FOWLR, though. I believe they aren'y bad, just ugly and they sting!
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:24 AM   #11
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If they become a pain u can always depending on tank size get a humu humu trigger or a long nose butterfly, they LOVE to eat bristle worms
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:31 AM   #12
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orange bristleworms are great. contrary to popular belief, they only eat dead tissue.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:40 AM   #13
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bristle worm traps are always fun. I believe they are a positive since they clean up a lot but sometimes when I feel mine are over populated ( probably do to over feeding) I put out my trap at night and watch them crawl in.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:00 PM   #14
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I have them in my 6gallon. No harm to my nemos or coral!!
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